BTW Dave Allen, Hearing Trees, Sc Mira, The Damned, Allen Stone, Derek "Spinal Tap' Smalls, Brenda Lewis

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On the heels of his song "Plainview" being featured in the CBC television drama Burden Of Proof, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Dave Allen will be heading west with dates throughout May in northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. "Plainview" is the opening track on Allen's debut solo album, When The Demons Come, now available to purchase at

When The Demons Come has drawn critical acclaim for Allen's approach that blends a wide range of country, folk, blues and gospel influences. Recorded at various locations around Ontario over a year, the album gathers a decade's worth of material not used with his previous band Stonetrotter. A common thread of sin and redemption connects all of the songs, and through the assistance of several of his Stonetrotter band mates and pedal steel virtuoso Aaron Goldstein, it adds up to a haunting and rewarding listening experience.

Lead single "Oak," "Plainview" and "Saint John" sparkle with the instrumental interplay of The Band, blended with the brooding soul of Bill Withers and the pop inventiveness of Harry Nilsson.

As a staunch DIY artist, Allen was determined to apply all of the technical skills learned along the way to making his first solo effort, combining them with the themes of loss and spirituality he has grappled with for much of his life. To call When The Demons Come a labour of love is an understatement. More accurately, it is a place where both the dead and living can co-exist, sharing their stories and finding peace in doing so.


Dave Allen Tour Dates
Wednesday April 18 :: Toronto ON :: The Cameron House
Thursday April 19 :: Collingwood ON :: The Huron Club
Friday April 20 :: Barrie ON :: house concert
Saturday April 21 :: Orillia ON :: Roots North Music Festival
Saturday April 28 :: Picton ON :: Prince Edward County Pop Festival
Friday May 4 :: Sudbury ON :: Townehouse Tavern
Saturday May 5 :: Thunder Bay ON :: The Foundry
Monday May 7 :: Saskatoon SK :: The Capitol Club
Tuesday May 8 :: Edmonton AB :: The Sewing Machine Factory
Wednesday May 9 :: Red Deer AB :: The Funhaus
Thursday May 10 :: Revelstoke BC :: The Last Drop
Friday May 11 :: Kamloops BC :: Zack's Coffee
Saturday May 12 :: Vancouver BC :: The Heatley
Monday May 14 :: Calgary AB :: Ironwood Bar & Grill
Tuesday May 15 :: Saskatoon SK :: house concert
Thursday May 17 :: Winnipeg MB :: Wee Johnny's
Friday May 18 :: Keewatin ON :: The Lakeshore
Saturday May 19 :: Thunder Bay ON :: The Foundry

Hearing Trees Photo Credit Greg GallingerHearing Trees
Photo Credit Greg Gallinger

Halfway through the tour and they're are ready for more! Winnipeg indie rockers Hearing Trees just finished a successful tour of Western Canada in support of their new album Quiet Dreams and they're kicking off the Eastern leg in Windsor. The next run of tour dates takes the band from Ontario to the East Coast and includes the recent addition of a hometown release show on May 25th at Good Will Social Club.

To get fans in the mood, the video for Hearing Trees' current single 'Telling Peter' is premiering exclusively at Live in Limbo. The introspective video, produced by Winnipeg's Flicker Edge Films, features Hearing Trees' frontman Graham Hnatiuk in an abandoned warehouse with an eerie apparition.

"The 'Telling Peter' video is about me trying to find a place to write, and the place I find I awaken a ghost, which maybe reminds me of some mistakes I'd made in my life," says Graham. "Also I got to buy a 100+-year-old oil lantern, which was super amazing!"

Hearing Trees On Tour
April 17 - Montreal, QC - Barfly
April 18 - Toronto, ON - The Piston
April 19 - Hamilton, ON - The Mule Spinner
April 20 - Sudbury, ON - The Townehouse
April 21 - Thunder Bay, ON - The Foundry
May 25 - Winnipeg, MB - Good Will Social Club (Album Release Show)

SC Mira Photo Credit Travis RossSC Mira
Photo Credit Travis Ross

Winnipeg's nu rockers Sc Mira share the new video for their single Noose via COLLIDE. Listen and share here: Noose is the second track off forthcoming EP, Drug Warm Coma, due April 20th in North America via Sugar Gator Records. The album's first single Give It Up premiered on Indie88 this past February. The band is excited to get back out on the road this spring with the announcement of their upcoming Canadian tour, including stops with new friends daysormay and Modern Space.

"Noose is a love song. It's about being tied to someone in every way, but also feeling trapped knowing how bound and dependent you are. There is an undying commitment and bitterness in it. It looks at love the way no one wants to the way that's severe and lonely and part of a system." - Sc Mira

Sc Mira is everything you never knew you wanted in a band. They are five painfully unique, flawed individuals, that despite their differences, have created something that is difficult to define.

Now, two years after Sc Mira discovered their darkness following their debut record, Waiting Room Baby, the band is back with a new collection of songs that are bright on the outside and cold, cold inside, a parallel pair of EPs known as Keep Crawling / Drug Warm Coma. The self- produced EPs were guided by an unlikely partner in mix-engineer Ferro Montanino, a pop producer and composer with a knack for film work and an inspired collaboration with electronic superstar Skrillex under his belt. Ferro's knowledge of the electronic and pop world complimented Sc Mira's synth-driven dance-rock in an unusual way, and so the term "death pop" was born.


April 21 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore (Presented by MRG)*
April 22 - Vernon, BC - The Green*
April 25 - Calgary, AB - The Gateway (Presented by X92.2's Xposure Show)*
April 26 - Edmonton, AB - The Rec Room*
April 28 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick (Presented by MRG)*
May 2 - London, ON - Rum Runners^
May 3 - Waterloo, ON - Maxwell's Concerts and Events^
May 4 - Niagara Falls, ON - Taps Brewery (outdoor stage)^
May 6 - Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware^
May 9 - Toronto, ON - The Horseshoe (Canadian Music Week)^

The Damned Steve GullickThe Damned
Steve Gullick

Formed in 1976 at the forefront of the fledgling London punk scene, The Damned kick-started the birth of punk as we know it, leaving an influential legacy for generations to come. Their musical journey has seen the quintet intent on moving forward, courageously exploring sights and sounds way beyond their brash wide-eyed beginnings - and they're back to do it all over again.

Ten years since the release of their last studio recordings, The Damned return with a new album, Evil Spirits, to be released Friday, April 13th via Search And Destroy/Spinefarm Records. It is preceded by latest single, Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow available to stream and purchase everywhere now.

The single is "an optimistic song even though it is about a dark subject, in a world obsessed by 'self'," explains legendary frontman, Dave Vanian, who also directed the video for the track. "This is a cry for humanity to recognize its humanity before it's too late. There is a strong influence of Joe Meek here: 'Telstar' was a glorious song about the opportunities of the future. I'd like to think that 'SOTEOT' reflects a similar sentiment."

To accompany this up-to-the-minute garage psychedelia that gallops like Scott Walker's The Seventh Seal, amid ominous 'dies irae' chorale and mucho post-millennial frustration, the video for Standing On The Edge of Tomorrow depicts a vision of the future from a band whose colourful, anarchic, ever-changing vision has been propelled by an indefatigable creative motor. Quite simply, The Damned have always pushed their sound and message forwards from inception back in 1976 and have no plans to slow down in 2018.

"The exploration and colonization of other worlds is something we will face in the not so distant future," adds Vanian on his own work directing the video. "My fervent hope is that we do not take our fears and prejudices with us and repeat the mistakes we have made on our home planet."

Propelled by an enormously successful Pledge funding campaign, the band headed to Atomic Sound Studios in Brooklyn in early October 2017 and began a frantic, high-energy, nine-day burst of creativity with famed producer, Tony Visconti, whose list of past working-relationships reads like a who's who of popular music. (David Bowie, T Rex, Morrissey, U2, The Stranglers, Iggy Pop and Thin Lizzy etc.) Reunited with former bassist, Paul Gray (who played on the classic Black Album and Strawberries in the early 80s), the renewed line-up took full advantage of the studio's classic Neve recording desk, valve gear and vintage equipment to form the new record.

"We deliberately recorded the album retro style," explains guitarist, Captain Sensible. "The same way our debut album was made, basically. There's something wonderful about the seventies sounds; glam, rock and punk records, they all sound so great and Tony specializes in the beautifully crafted old-school production. He had us all playing live, bashing it out in the same room with a focus on getting the initial band version of each song as close as possible to the finished thing."

Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow, a song penned by frontman Vanian packs a punch and carries a melody that is impossibly hard to shift once heard.

"It's supposed to be very optimistic, even though it's about a dark subject," states Vanian. "As an artist, you can't help but reflect the times, because that's what art does. I think we always do it, but in a slightly different way. So a song like 'Standing…' may seem quite joyous and uplifting musically, but some of the lyrics might be about quite dark things. That's what I'd like to think this album is - an uplifting album, not a moaning old album - not 'this is terrible, and that's terrible', and then not offering any answers. It's more a case of, 'If we get it together, maybe we could change things a bit'."

"This album is filled with a lot of influences from our earlier, pre-'70s tastes - the '60s stuff. 'Standing…' is really linked into Joe Meek, 'Telstar', and that kind of stuff," continues Vanian. At first, I'd said in an interview before we started writing this stuff that the album would be psychedelic, and maybe a trip through the historical side of The Damned, as in what we like. It didn't happen in the way I thought it would, but it still does the same thing. It still has all that in there, but it's not as obvious as it could've been, which is good. It's not like pastiches of songs you remember, it's more a case of, what was great about something you loved as a kid has somehow influenced a guitar sound or the way the drums are. You might not even know it if you're one of our younger fans, but if you're a little older, you'll hear it, which is kinda cool."

And of the Evil Spirits that the album intends to dispel?

"I started buying records in 1967, the Summer of Love," adds Captain Sensible. "There were so many positive changes happening through the 60s and 70s; civil rights, feminism, the anti-nuclear demos in particular. Whatever happened to all that? Where are today's anti-war marches? Whatever happened to the beautiful hippy dream of worldwide peace and love?"

Allen StoneAllen Stone

Washington state R&B/Soul singer-songwriter, Allen Stone has released a new song, " Brown Eyed Lover ", via ATO Records, kicking off a massive, special collaborative spring tour with Andrew McMahon, Zach Clark and Bob Oxblood in Kansas City.

About the single, Allen stated "I am a slave to the road, constantly in a different city, always on the other side of town, never in the same bed for more than a night. It seemed as though I chose a lifestyle that wasn't lending itself to be shared with a partner. That was until I met my soon to be wife. "Brown Eyed Lover" depicts the internal struggle of being in a relationship while also being on the road - the struggle of having to leave constantly for my career but wanting my relationship to move forward. I don't want to keep her waiting."

Allen has spent the past few months in the studio working on new material. "Brown Eyed Lover" is a first taste of the new material, some of which will be destined for a new full-length record later in 2018.

This spring's "Pen and Piano Tour" with McMahon, Cark, Oxblood and Stone will feature the musicians sharing the stage throughout the night. Equal parts VH1 'Storytellers' and 'Mr. Roger's Neighborhood', each artist will perform a mix of their own music, as well as collaborating together, while sharing stories with the audience in an intimate "living room" atmosphere.

Pen and Piano Dates:
04/17 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall [sold out]
04/19 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues [sold out]
04/20 - Greensburg, PA @ Palace Theater [sold out]
04/21 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Hall [sold out]
04/23 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club [sold out]
04/24 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts [sold out]
04/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts [sold out]
04/26 - Washington DC @ 9:30 Club [sold out]
04/28 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw [sold out]
04/29 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza [sold out]
05/01 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
05/02 - Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead
05/04 - Nashville, TN @ Topgolf [sold out]
05/05 - Charlotte, NC @ The Underground [sold out]
05/06 - Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater [sold out]
05/08 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
05/09 - Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn [sold out]
05/10 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
05/12 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
05/13 - San Diego, CA @ Humphrey's
05/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Ford Amphitheatre [sold out]
05/16 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore [sold out]
05/18 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades [sold out]
05/20 - Spokane, WA @ Bing Crosby Theater
05/22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
05/24 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre [sold out]
05/25 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room [sold out]
05/27 - Napa, CA @ Bottlerocket Festival
05/28 - Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theatre
05/29 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre [sold out]
05/30 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
05/31 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
06/03 - Cleveland, OH @ Spring Fling
06/05 - Rochester, NY @ Anthology
06/06 - Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony [sold out]
06/08 - Portland, ME @ Aura
06/09 - Hartford, CT @ The Webster
06/10 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
06/12 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
06/14 - Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
06/15 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

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BITS'N'PIECES Jam it on 11, Spinal Tap is back! OK, just the one Tap, bassist Derek Smalls (aka Harry Shearer) but a who's who of rock musos lined up to get in on the joke/new album Smalls Change.

There have been hints of something afoot with Smalls dating back to last May, when drum legends Chad Smith, Dave Grohl and Jim Keltner were hanging out at EastWest Studio, with Smith teasing Smalls was involved as well. In the time since it was revealed that Smalls had a guest list that included Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Peter Frampton and Steve Vai. Now we finally have a full album announcement with Small Changes (Meditations Upon Ageing) due April 13 via Twanky Records / BMG.

The musician will also be heading out on the "Lukewarm Water Live: An Adventure in Loud Music" trek starting April 14 in New Orleans, (in collaboration with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra). One quick look at the track listing and you'll notice frequent usage of the Hungarian Studio Orchestra. Smalls is planning to incorporate local orchestras during a number of stops, including those June 29 in Atlanta (with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) and a still to be determined date with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned for a full tour announcement.

While Grohl was palling around with Smith and Keltner in the tweet from last year, the Foo Fighters leader doesn't appear on the newly released track listing. However, his Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins does, joining Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X on the track "Butt Call." Other guests include Steve Lukather, Judith Owen, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Larry Carlton, Donald Fagen, Peter Frampton, Waddy Wachtel, Todd Sucherman, Paul Shaffer, David Crosby, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai, Greg Bissonette, Jane Lynch, Richard Thompson, Michael League, Joe Satriani and Rick Wakeman.

As the title might suggest, Small Changes (Meditations Upon Ageing) does address the passing of time . "[It's] halfway between 'rage against the dying of the light' and trying to find the li ght," says the musician. Check out the video for the title track above and look at the track listing (complete with special guests) listed below.

Check the video for 'Smalls Change' here https ://

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Peppery jazzified soul/blues vocalist Brenda Lewis plays a rareish T.O. gig Thur. Apr 19, fronting the Brenda Lewis Trio at The Old Mill. Rounding out the lineup be guitarist Margaret Stowe and standup bassist Neil Swainson. Showtime's 7.30 PM. Check it, she's scary versatile. So you'll get originals from current cookie Far & Near, salted with material from offbeat luminaries such as Gil Scott-Heron, Jesse Winchester, Sarah McLachlan, Gayle Ackroyd and like that.

Finally, and of much concern to deep vinyl heads, Discovery Records ( 1140 Queen St. East, Toronto,) a mecca for enthusiasts of all stripes, is currently holding its closing sale, as the shop's closing up Mon. Apr.30 forever. The mail order business will continue for an as yet unspecified time. Check further info.

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